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Origin of blend

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English blenden (the first e not satisfactorily explained) “to mix”; akin to Old English blandan “to mix”; cognate with or partially derived from the Old Norse verb blanda (from the present stem blend- ), Old High German blantan “to mix”

synonym study for blend

1. See mix.


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What is a basic definition of blend?

Blend means to mix together so thoroughly that things become inseparable. Blend is also the mixture made through this act. Blend can mean to harmonize or go well together. Blend has a few other senses as a verb and noun.

When two or more things are blended together, they have been combined so completely that it is impossible to separate them back out again. For example, you blend cocoa powder with milk to make chocolate milk. Turning that chocolate milk back into milk and cocoa powder is not going to happen. This sense of blend is a synonym of the word mix, although blend usually means to mix something especially thoroughly.

Something, such as a specialized kitchen appliance, that blends things is called a blender.

  • Real-life examples: Smoothies are made by blending fruit with milk or yogurt. Different teas are blended together to make different flavors. The romantic comedy genre of movies blends the genres of romance and comedy together.
  • Used in a sentence: She made a delicious banana smoothie by blending milk with bananas. 

Blend is used in this same sense a noun to refer to a mixture created by blending things together, literally or figuratively.

  • Real-life examples: Starbucks offers many blends of coffee. There are many different blends of wine, such as Champagne and Chianti.
  • Used in a sentence: The book was an odd blend of horror and history. 

Blend is also used as a verb to mean to go well together or harmonize. This sense usually refers to colors, such as a green chair blending with a green wall. This sense is also commonly phrased as “blend in” such as a chameleon turning brown to blend in with a tree or log. When related to harmony, blend often refers to how voices and instruments create a combined tone.

  • Real-life examples: Usually, people like to get furniture that blends, or has a similar color or pattern, with wallpaper or carpeting because it makes a room look nicer. A person may prefer socks that blend with their pants. Most people try to blend in with the people around them rather than stick out and appear strange or different. A chorus practices hard to ensure their voices blend well.
  • Used in a sentence: We tried to find a couch that blends with the color of our living room carpet.

Where does blend come from?

The first records of blend come from around 1200. It ultimately comes from the Old English verb blandan, meaning “to mix.” It is related to the Old High German blantan and Old Norse blanda.

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What are some other forms related to blend?

  • blender (noun)
  • nonblending (adjective, noun)
  • reblend (verb)
  • unblended (adjective)
  • well-blended (adjective)

What are some synonyms for blend?

What are some words that share a root or word element with blend

What are some words that often get used in discussing blend?

How is blend used in real life?

Blend is a common word often used to refer to mixtures, especially of food or drink.

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Is blend used correctly in the following sentence?

The coin jar was filled with a blend of quarters and nickels.

How to use blend in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for blend

/ (blɛnd) /

to mix or mingle (components) together thoroughly
(tr) to mix (different grades or varieties of tea, whisky, tobacco, etc) to produce a particular flavour, consistency, etc
(intr) to look good together; harmonize
(intr) (esp of colours) to shade imperceptibly into each other

Word Origin for blend

Old English blandan; related to blendan to deceive, Old Norse blanda, Old High German blantan
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